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Just for a Laugh Tuesday: IRS Pay-Off

IRS <no-reply@alfnyhost.com>9:45 AMto undisclosed recipientsDate    30 04 2012Our Ref.          S/22234/12Your Ref.        18B/7331/12NO TICE OF TAX RETURN FOR YEAR 2012De ar Taxpayer,I am sending this email to announce: After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax return of: $343.5 5In order to recieve the excess payment, you need to create an e-Refund acocunt.Please click "Register" below to create an e-Refund acocunt:

Found this gem in my spam a little while ago.Someone took the time to write this (spelling errors and all--at least he or she was consistent with the "acocunt," about which I could develop a terrible and in all cases offensive post, but so as not to upset my own digestion I will not) and send it out to a bunch of people (note the "undisclosed recipients"). The best part of the message is this, posted wisely at the top along with an invitation to view images, from our good friends the email nymphs at Google:

Why is this message in Spam? It contains content that's typically used in spam messages.

"Content that's typically used in spam messages?!" Is this the oh-so-very casual response of someone assigned to verify the contents of spam messages? Does this individual have a computer full of Excel spreadsheets with which he or she can provide a detailed analysis of the last 10 years of typical spam message lingo?

Thanks, and have a great day.

Write Now! Prompt, 30 April 2013: New Friends